Current Projects

Junior Faculty Research Fellowship (Fall 2017)

Organizer: Mary Dudas

Participants:

Mary Dudas (Political Science)

Alexander Manevitz (American Studies)

Anna Terwiel (Political Science)

The group will meet monthly to discuss ongoing research projects and methods. Mary Dudas is working on connecting three sets of stories about the restoration of political sexual virtue: Livy's rape of Lucretia, Machiavelli's retelling of the rape of Lucretia in Mangragola, and contemporary invocation of the "cuckservative."

Alexander Manevitz’s current project centers on Seneca Village, a predominately African American community founded on the edges of Early American New York City and destroyed to build Central Park in the 1850s. His work analyzes the city’s use of eminent domain to seize land for Central Park, and the arguments against it made by affected landholders.  Anna Terwiel is working on rethinking the role of the body in politics through prison protests such as hunger strikes. She engages with Foucault's work (especially on sovereignty and biopower) and feminist theory (especially the work of Elizabeth Grosz and Michelle Murphy) and is exploring hunger strikes in relation to disability theory.



 

"Mediterranean Studies" Reading Group (2017-2018)

Organizer: Dario Del Puppo

Participants:

Sean Cocco

Dario Del Puppo

Martina di Florio

Thomas Harrington

David Souto Alcalde

Mediterranean Studies is transnational and interdisciplinary in nature. Geographically and culturally, it entails all the coastline regions of the Mediterranean basin, including North Africa and parts of the Middle East. Meeting monthly, the reading group will help jumpstart discussion about perspectives on the field, as well as develop possible collaborations for teaching. The group's longer-term sight is set on creating an interdisciplinary program of courses that will bring together colleagues and students from existing departments and programs.​

 

Behavioral Skills Intervention to Help Students with ADHD

​Laura Holt (Psychology) is preparing an application to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for funding to develop and test the efficacy of a behavioral skills intervention that will help students with ADHD to avoid and more successfully resist requests for their stimulant medication. Research has shown that approximately 30% of prescription stimulants (e.g., Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta) manufactured in the U.S. are diverted (i.e., transferred from people with a prescription to those without a prescription). Further, studies of college students who have prescriptions for ADHD medication have shown that half or nearly half of students in most studies diverted their medication (e.g., DeSantis, Anthony, & Cohen, 2013) and nearly every student (92%) with a stimulant prescription had been approached to divert (Schultz et al., in press). These data suggest that students with legitimate prescriptions for stimulant medications often are faced with a dilemma: friends and acquaintances view them as a source for a widely used recreational drug that they need to treat a legitimate psychological disorder. Unfortunately, to date, no interventions targeting prescription stimulant diversion have been developed for college students with ADHD. To that end, Holt has developed an intervention addressing this need and will be seeking feedback on her grant application from colleagues at Trinity (Alison Draper, Jim Trostle, and David Ruskin) who have successfully secured NIH funding.


Indigenous Studies Working Group

 

Open to diverse approaches for engaging transnational scholarship on indigenous and Native studies, the Indigenous Studies Working Group will spend its inaugural year discussing the work of two major authors and building a supportive intellectual environment for faculty and students. In the fall semester, we will read Sandy Grande’s Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought (10th anniversary edition, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), and in the spring semester, we will read Lisa T. Brooks’ brand-new book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018). Each semester will culminate with a visit to Trinity by the author. After 2017-18, the Indigenous Studies Working Group could include a speaker series, research workshops, course clusters, Hartford-area institutional alliances, and engagement or partnership with Native American tribal nations. Interested students or faculty members should contact Anne Lambright, Hilary Wyss, and Tom Wickman.